Sunday, 28 July 2019

Lady In The Lake by Laura Lippman - Blog Tour Review

A stunning, multi-voiced, period piece - tackling race, gender politics, and the volatility of mid '60s America - from the author of SUNBURN
Cleo Sherwood disappeared eight months ago. Aside from her parents and the two sons she left behind, no one seems to have noticed. It isn't hard to understand why: it's 1964 and neither the police, the public nor the papers care much when Negro women go missing.
Maddie Schwartz - recently separated from her husband, working her first job as an assistant at the Baltimore Sun- wants one thing: a byline. When she hears about an unidentified body that's been pulled out of the fountain in Druid Hill Park, Maddie thinks she is about to uncover a story that will finally get her name in print. What she can't imagine is how much trouble she will cause by chasing a story that no-one wants her to tell.

My Review

When I read the description for this book I was really intrigued, I have heard of Laura Lippman, but have never read any of her work. She is a superb writer who has written an excellent story and I really loved how she set the background for the story she is telling. 
While it did take me a little while to get into the book, there are a lot of characters and the chapters are told from multiple points of view, once I got acquainted with the characters and the parts they each played in the story I couldn't stop reading. It really is such an engrossing story. 
I was undecided if I liked Maddie or not, she was certainly determined and almost obsessive in her pursuit of becoming a respected journalist. Being a soon to be divorced woman of a certain age in this era does not give her any advantages. Although I was rooting for her to discover what had happened to Cleo, I definitely felt at times her investigation was more for her own ends, rather than for Cleo or her family. 
I think the time the story is set gave the plot extra dimensions that maybe books of this genre don't have. Along with the mystery of what happened to Cleo, there are separate issues involved in the story, including race issues and lack of equality for women. Laura Lippman describes the things that went on in the 1960's and how people from different races and religions were treated unfairly and discriminated against on a daily basis.
Lady in the Lake is a gripping, thought provoking read and I will be adding Laura Lippman's other books to my reading list.

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